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        04-05-2011, 01:43 PM
    Green Broke
    Of the horses pictured, I like #1 the most. She is NOT too upright in front, tho she may be (and that is MAY) a little short for what you want to do. Because the photo is blurred it is very difficult to see if her legs are clean or not.

    #2 is spindly and #3 is sickle hocked..

    The last horse.. the A Circuit horse.. has puffy ankles with the off front looking really questionable and an over straight front leg. Hind legs are not so hot either.
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        04-05-2011, 08:27 PM
    Just as a side note - the last horse in the OP is an EQ horse - EQ is primarily rider-judged. Not all jumpers are models for their breed, but why stack the odds from the get-go?
    The first horse's pasterns worry me; they're long and sloped. Not ideal for a jumper.
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        04-05-2011, 10:27 PM
    For 10k, you could get something a lot nicer. I really don't like any of them much, honestly. Have you considered buying from a breeder/trainer?
        04-05-2011, 11:54 PM
    Green Broke
    Of these horses, I like #1 the most. Nice compact body and he is the best proportioned of all of them. I would hate to see you pay too much for him though, unregistered, barely broken and a colt at that! BTW I don't think a lack of JC papers will hold you back competitively in any way, you would just register him with USEF yourself I imagine.

    Some food for thought: I like the last mare (the $10,000 one that is successfully competing) the least conformation wise. The only reason I mention this is because, like I mentioned in your other thread, it is very difficult to find a TB that has textbook conformation. Unfortunately the breeding practices in the racing industry are not geared towards correctly conformed horses, but that is a topic for another day.

    My point is this: You can work with less than ideal conformation to a degree (as long as it isn't a severe fault), as competitiveness also depends on the training put into the horse and the horse's own mental aptitude for the job.

    Am I suggesting that you settle for a badly conformed horse? Of course not! Just to take everything into the equation and try and be as objective as possible. We will help you with that of course.

    To sum up, if that last mare can physically make it at the level that you are wanting to compete at, I would think that it is physically possible for horse #1, #2 and #3 to also providing they are sound, it will just depend on their aptitude and your training.

    ETA: I just saw the comments about horse number 1's pasterns and I wanted to mention the danger of assessing pastern angles on a horse that is not bearing weight equally on all four legs at the time of the photo. I'm with Elana on this one, his pastern angles look alright IMO.
        04-06-2011, 03:00 AM
    I was ready to respond, until I read that these are $10k horses. I like 4 best, but for $2k not $10k.Number 2 second best. But these are not 10k horses, that is outragious.
        04-06-2011, 08:20 AM
    Green Broke
    Hang on, what the...? They are all $10,000??? That is craziness!! If so then none of them!!
        04-06-2011, 10:56 AM
    Originally Posted by sarahver    
    Hang on, what the...? They are all $10,000??? That is craziness!! If so then none of them!!

    #1-3 are all about $1500. Number #4 (which I'm not looking to buy, just posted as an example of what goes for high prices in my area) is $10000. She's wayyy overpriced IMO but she'll probably get sold still because she's got an impressive show record.
        04-06-2011, 11:00 AM
    Green Broke
    Ah, that's more like it, then I is stickin to me guns, #1 is for sure worth further inspection!

    The reason that I discount the others is because for jumping diciplines #2 has a long back and #3 has a hunters bump. Neither will necessarily cause long term problems but personally I would avoid any type of weak back conformation.

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